Golden Brown – The Terrier is still going strong
Nat Brown the former Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City, Wrexham FC and Macclesfield Town box-to-box centre back, has still got the drive at 32, putting in some often unsung but outstanding displays for the Imps so far this season. Rejected twice by Jacko – yes he makes the odd mistake – but his presence has made Boyce a better player as well as covering for his full-back Miller who is absolutely relishing his new role.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Nat progressed through the ranks at Huddersfield, making 83 appearances for the club including both League games against Lincoln under Peter Jackson. Although he did not feature in the play-offs against us or the final he was a big part of the play-off success next to Sodje. Having played 25 games that season he slipped down the pecking order making just 18 the following season before being released.
It was of some surprise so see Lincoln win the race for his signature given the posse of clubs interested, but he proved his worth in the unsuccessful play-off push in 2005/6. The mystery wrist injury (he still wears a guard) and the style of Deehan and Schofield’s 2006/7 passing princes, somewhat harshly cost him his place the following season but he battled back in true Nat Brown style before leaving by mutual consent to join Wrexham in 2008. Jacko was clearly still not a big fan and organised one of those by mutual consent pay-offs allowing him to join the Dragons the next day.
It did not work out at for him at Wrexham, Nat’s style is not going to be every fan or managers cup of tea in reality he is more artisan than artiste it has to be said. The late great Keith Alexander was a fan however and resigned him at Macclesfield initially on loan, then permanently and he would go on to become a rock at Macclesfield under KA and then Simmo, popping up with some vital goals to back up those consistently inspirational performances.
Nat made a heroic loan return to Lincoln last season, joining on loan with Tony Diagne (they share the same agent) and went on to play 10 games, half of which were with a nagging ankle injury. he was an inspirational and integral part of the successful survival bid. Seen as one of Simmo’s reliables, with an infectious manner on and off the pitch, he happily signed for a year in the summer to see the job through that Keith and Gary started a decade ago.
So far this season we have seen bravery, thrills and a few spills, from a man fuelled by a genuine passion every time he goes out onto the pitch. The Tamworth game saw him put in his third man of the match performance, Nat is an unsung hero who just never knows when he is beaten, an outstanding team player who is proving to be a real rock. Well played Nat take a bow son!
|FULL NAME||Nathaniel Brown|
|DATE OF BIRTH||15 June 1981 (age 31)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sheffield, England|
|HEIGHT||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|WEIGHT||11 st 9lb (73.92kg)|
|POSITION: DEFENDER / FORWARD|
|SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)|
|2008–2009||Macclesfield Town (loan)||33||(6)|